The Baltimore Orioles could manage only two hits in nine innings against Brandon Workman and the Boston Red Sox, losing the second game of the three-game series by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The Work-man was better than the Till-man, at least that is my Buch-man analysis of the situation.
Chris Tillman returned to something more like himself in this game, looking much better than in the previous one-inning knockout by Texas last week. Though far from sharp, Tillman scattered seven hits and three walks over six innings, getting some critical strikeouts and two double plays to only allow one run.
But one run was all the Red Sox would need, as Workman went through 6.2 innings with only a sixth-inning single allowed to Ryan Flaherty. Steve Pearce managed a ninth inning single off Koji Uehara, but that was all the offense the Orioles could manage on this evening.
Tillman worked around two rain delays, which is never a prescription for consistency, not that I physically saw any of this with my own two eyes.
Confession: I was in a long, official board meeting for the evening. I was able to have the MLB Gameday app open on my laptop at my seat at the head of the table and casually follow the game. It is an interesting experience to follow the pitch tracker as your only connection. Clearly, everything was up in the zone.
Tillman did well to only give up the one run. But he got the ball down much better toward the end of his 100-pitch outing, so hopefully this will translate to better successes in upcoming games.
The finale of this set with the Red Sox will feature Wei-Yin Chen taking the mound for the Orioles. Chen is 6-2 with a 4.13 ERA. In his last two starts he has only given up three runs in 11.2 innings of work.
Chen is already 1-1 against the Red Sox this year. On April 3rd he gave up 12 hits and four runs in a 4-3 loss, and on the 21st of April he got the victory at Fenway in a 7-6 affair where he allowed three runs in five innings.
The Red Sox will send out Rubby De La Rosa for his third start since being called up. He was great in his first outing against the Rays by shutting them out on four hits over seven innings. But against the Tigers last Friday he allowed four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.
De La Rosa’s only appearance against the Orioles was in the final game of the season last year where he took the loss – pitching two-thirds of an inning and giving up a single to Jonathan Schoop that turned into the winning run.
So the Orioles pitching gives up one run in 18 innings, but the team is 1-1 in those games. It has been that kind of frustrating year.